WorkSafe victoria Awards 2016 WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2017

Kelly Christie

Victoria Police

About this entry

Kelly has been described as an outstanding Health and Safety Representative (HSR) whose qualities include perseverance, patience, good communication skills and respect.

Kelly Christie, Victoria Police
Above: Kelly Christie, Victoria Police

Kelly is a well-respected prosecutor, but took on the role of elected HSR in early 2015 to support her colleagues’ health and wellbeing by seeking improvements at the old Ringwood prosecutions building where they worked – located behind the Ringwood Police Station.

After consulting with her colleagues and identifying a range of health and safety hazards – including manual handling and tripping concerns, staff facilities and security – Kelly determined that the site was no longer fit for purpose, so she raised the issues with the Police Association and Victoria Police.

While some safety issues were resolved, Kelly determined that the building remained an unsafe work environment and drove action until members were eventually moved into a new, fit-for-purpose building and the old building was demolished.

Kelly’s efforts epitomise an effective HSR – demonstrating unwavering determination to overcome barriers to support her colleagues and ensure a safe workplace.